Film The Beatitude was presented at the seat of St. Sophia Religious Association, USA

Saturday, 18 May 2019, 10:22
On May 16, 2019, in Elkins Park, a premiere of the documentary "The Beatitude", which tells about the life and ministry of Patriarch Josyf Slipyj, took place in the premises of the "Saint Sofia" Religious Association of the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The viewers of the film were Bishop Andriy Rabiy, Apostolic Administrator of the Philadelphia Archeparchy, members of the Society and all those who wished.

During the last two weeks, our focus was on the visit of His Beatitude Sviatoslav to Philadelphia and the commemorative celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the Saint Sofia society, which once again set before us the identity of our founder, Patriarch Josyf Slipyj. The "Beatitude" film will be presented to us by one of the initiators of this project, Fr Ihor Yatsiv," said Dr. Iryna Ivankovych, chairman of the "St. Sophia", in her introductory speech.

During the presentation of the film it was nice to watch how emotionally the audience responded to the events that were presented on screen.

After watching Bishop Andriy said that the film reminded him of the events twenty years ago, in which he participated. This was during the transfer of the mortal remains of Patriarch Josyf from Rome to Lviv in 1992. He was then an altar guy and was preparing to enter the seminary.

"The queue for those who want to come and pray in St. Yura Cathedral stood right from the Ivan Franko University, through the park, up to the hotel and just as far as the temple. People told us that we had to stand eight or nine hours," said the Bishop.

He also drew attention to the problem that was acutely expressed in the film and which has the danger of repetition, which is the danger of divisions. "Imagine how everything would have been otherwise if everyone at that time had supported Patriarch Josyf in his competition for the patriarchate, if all had been united? As stated in the film, we are blessed with God, because we have always had worthy leaders of our Church. They are all extraordinary people. So, let's unite together, no matter where we are, here in Philadelphia, or in Kyiv, because we are all one Church," said the Apostolic Administrator.

Professor Leonid Rudnytsky, who was a collaborator of Patriarch Josyf and whose memories came in the movie "The Beatitude", also shared his impressions.


"The Beatitude" is the continuation of the first film "The Case of the Reefs", which came out in 2017 to the 125th anniversary of the birth of Josyf Slipyj. The first film covers the period from 1939 to 1963 and reveals the circumstances surrounding the arrest, imprisonment and release of Josyf Slipyj, which are unknown to the general public.

Director of the film - Olena Moshynska, producer - Pavlo Kazantsev.

While working on the movies, the film makers traveled to nine countries around the world, including Argentina, the United States, Canada, and European countries.

Over the tape "The Beatitude" the work lasted more than two years. According to the director of the film Olena Moshynska, the crew had been working on the topic of life and service of Patriarch Josyf for more than four years. The film was built entirely on interviews with people who personally knew Patriarch Josyf.

The second film tells about the life of the patriarch after his exile in Rome from 1963 until his death.


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The decree of His Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the UGCC25 March

TO OUR BELOVED BROTHER IN CHRIST Most Reverend Bishop Kenneth Anthony Adam Nowakowski

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